How used soap can save a life

Soap donation to Clean the World

Various bars of soap from my recent donation to Clean the World

Did you ever wonder what happens to that tiny sliver of used soap you leave behind when you check out of a hotel? Thanks to a non-profit organization called Clean the World, there’s a good chance that soap sliver ended up in the hands of a person in need in a developing country.

Clean the World has a simple mission. Collect soap (mainly from their 2,250 partner hotels and resorts) that would otherwise end up in landfills and get it into the hands of people in need. Why? Because hand washing with a bar of soap can help prevent illness from pneumonia and diarrheal diseases, the leading causes of death of children under five years old worldwide. Sadly, much of the developing world does not have easy access to this simple and easy preventative.

You might be thinking, “Gross, who wants to wash their hands with a bar of soap that touched someone else’s butt? Wouldn’t that spread more germs? Also, pubic hair!” Don’t worry, the smart people at Clean the World have it all figured out. Their recycling process involves cleaning and sterilizing all the soap they receive and rebatching it into nicely formed, clean bars of soap. Since its inception in 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 22 million bars of soap around the world! That’s a lot of clean hands!

If this sounds like the kind of organization you would like to contribute to, Clean the World takes monetary donations, but they offer other fun ways to get involved. You and your coworkers can build team camaraderie by building hygiene kits and distributing them in your local community. Or you can sponsor a soap drive in your cubicle jungle. (As an added bonus, your office building will smell amazing during the collection period.)

Clean the World also accepts soap donations from handmade soap makers. This was welcome news! I recently gathered up all of my unused batches of melt and pour soap along with several bags of soap scraps that I thought I might “use someday,” and sent them off to one of the recycling centers. It’s not a huge donation but every little bit helps. And now I have some extra shelf space. Everyone wins.

P.S. The opinions in this post are completely my own. I have no affiliation with Clean the World and I have not been compensated by them. I just love what they do and want to spread the word. If you would like to help spread the word, simply use one of the sharing buttons below. (Note: If you’re reading this via e-mail or reader, you’ll need to link to our website to use the sharing buttons).